Holiday Workplace Stress

by Bethany Wright on December 17, 2018

in Holidays

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Happy Holidays! It’s that time of the year again. Decorations, gifts, food, lots and lots of holiday treats, and of course, family. What does this mean for businesses? For some, it means stress.

The holidays come with their own set of challenges when running a business. What can you do to mitigate some of the risks associated with holiday cheer? Prepare! Don’t let this time of year turn you into a Scrooge.

Here are a few things to think about during the holiday season:

  1. Time-off requests. As a business, you need to have employees present to get the work done. However, a lot of employees like to spend the holidays with family and/or friends, out of town, or just take some time off to relax. Plan ahead for these requests and make sure you have a solid process for time off requests so that employees are aware of when they need to have their requests turned in. If at all possible, give them the time off – it will make them happy – happy workers are good workers.
  2. Gift giving. Many employees feel pressured to take part in gift giving during the holidays. This can add stress to an already stressful time of year. Rather than gift giving between employees, which can leave some feeling left out, consider inviting employees to bring their favorite holiday treat to share with the office. This allows those that do not want to participate to do just that, while still allowing others to share their holiday cheer.
  3. Office holiday parties. Most companies have some sort of holiday party, usually after business hours. After-hours parties should be voluntary. Allow employees to bring a spouse or significant other to the party, it’s much easier to get them to come if they can bring someone else; the more, the merrier, right? Provide food, drinks, and some sort of entertainment to make the event fun. If you are providing alcohol, offer a limited number of “drink tickets” to each legal adult, and consider stamping employee’s hand for each drink served. Paying for rides home through riding sharing services is also a great way to keep things safe, not just fun.

Don’t forget the most important part of the holidays, HAVE FUN!

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